Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Minor Changes

After about a year and a half of managing the UGA Admissions blog, I think it is about time to make a few modifications to the site. I will be making changes slowly over the next few months, with some being functional and some being cosmetic in nature. A few days ago, I added the "Subscribe Via Email" link in the right hand column so that you can receive an email every time I add a post. In addition, there have been some requests to try to organize the comments a little better. While I do not control all aspects of the functional part of the blog (thanks Blogger!), I an able to add some new features as they become available to the blogging world. One such feature is a different style of comments that will order the responses better. In addition, while the look of the site is not bad, it could definitely use a little more excitement and color. Don't fear, I will not be making any radical changes, just some needed additions.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for the blog as far as features, and I will see what can be done.

Go Dawgs!

12 comments:

  1. It would be nice if there was an FAQ section, I feel bad when I see you cutting and pasting the same answer 15 times a day, if it gets on my nerves, I can only imagine what it does to you!

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  2. Anon: This a a great idea, and I am working on a few static pages now that will cover different topics that come up often, and will in the heading area.

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  3. How about a "guest blogger" from Honors or CURO?

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  4. ASK: I will see what I can do!

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  5. Thanks for the great info. I have a Junior daughter who has shown over her entire school career (thorugh TAG, multiple honors, AP classes) to be a solid A/B student and has a weighted core GPA in high 3's (as well as multiple extra-cirricular activities including varsity sports.) However, her SAT scores do not seem to reflect this performcance in school. She has historically not done well on tests. Questions for you--do you have a "minimum" SAT score that you consider? Do you have any suggestions for a student like this to help her chances at being considered for UGA, or do you discourage such applicants?

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  6. Parent: UGA does not have a minimum SAT or ACT score, except for the floor that is placed on all research universities by the state (SAT CR 430, SAT M 400), which really does not impact our decisions based on the applicant group. My suggestion is for her to focus on challenging herself with the course offerings available, keep doing well in class, and try the ACT.

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  7. Thanks(and I am sorry I posted under the wrong topic!). She is taking the ACT this weekend so we'll see--but this a student who clearly does not test well (Weighted GPA around 3.7 and SAT only 1100/1710). Our HS counselor suggested we ask you if you still use the "freshman index" which accounts for sitations like this? Also, I have been reading about the movement to go "test optional"--where many schools are not looking at tests or students are opting not to take them, as they don't want to be judged on one number. What are your thoughts on that?

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  8. Parent: Since we do not have an SAT/ACT minimum, I would not worry so much about this part of things, but focus more on the other aspects that we do look at (see the tab called file review process for some details). The freshman index is something that would done by the Board of Regents, but it refers to the lowest range of academics that a student can still be eligible (for instance, for UGA and GT, a student with a 3.0 and a 1000/1600), but it is not realistic for the actual application pool that considers UGA.

    As for test optional, I do not see it happening at UGA (or almost any other public institution), and so that is why I suggest she focus on the other factors outside of the SAT/ACT that are important for UGA. We have some students that are admitted with her SAT scores or below, but they will have other strengths in other areas.

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  9. Hello DGraves,
    I was admitted to UGA EA and shortly thereafter received a scholarship (Charter). My admissions packet did not have an envelope to mail my commitment deposit but I did receive one with my scholarship form. Is it okay to mail the commitment info, commitment deposit, and scholarship form in one envelope since they all go to the Bursar's office or should I send them seperately, one in an envelope that I received and one in an envelope that I address to the Bursar's office?
    Thank you!

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  10. Ann: The scholarship form should be sent to Admissions, and the commitment deposit materials should be sent to the Bursar's office. If they are sent together, they will eventually get to the proper place, but it is easier to just send them to the right place at the beginning (sorry for the envelope not being in the original packet!).

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  11. I was one of the lucky few who was accepted back in mid november as a transfer student. I still read the blog just because it's addictive. Great job. Uga should pay you extra for this. Can we get some bumpber stickers for the blog? I can represent you in athens haha

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  12. Nick: I am glad you have enjoyed the blog, but sorry, no blog bumper stickers at this time!

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